Stuart Dallas has spoken about his time at Leeds United and admits he wants to be more than a bit-part player next season.
The Northern Ireland international joined the Yorkshire side in 2015 from Northampton Town and has not featured as much as he would have liked this year.
Manager Garry Monk decided to use the winger less regularly in the early part of the campaign, after having a busy summer at the European Championships, whilst all Leeds’ wingers and midfielders have struggled to play consistently, with none of them starting more than 30 games.
Dallas was keen to stay away from the excuse of being tired from being in-and-out of the team.
“It’s been a bit up and down for me personally,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I didn’t start great but I don’t like to use the excuse that I was tired because I’m not the only player who came back from a major tournament. It’s an easy excuse to use that.”
Although Dallas received more of a run-out in the side towards the end of the campaign, he admitted he felt he could have done better.
“I got back in and I’d been doing all right – I could have done better – but then I got an injury and it set me back again,” he continued.
“I’ve been a bit-part player but I’ve still enjoyed it.”
The winger only has one year left on his current deal at Elland Road and is keen on extending his stay at the club.
“I’m contracted here, going into my final season obviously, but I love it,” Dallas said.
“The fans have always made me feel welcome. You do get a bit slated at times but that’s just a way of life and most of the time it’s deserved.”
Leeds are expected to overhaul their playing squad this summer in a bid to challenge for promotion to the Premier League next season.